Patrick Alan Day or most commonly known as “Pat Day” was an American Jockey. He lived in Brush, Colorado where he was born on 13th of October year 1953, and most of Day’s life was spent on horse racing.
Pat Day became very successful in his chosen career. He started as a rodeo cowboy and then switched to a Jockey. Choosing to become a jockey was the best decision he ever made in his life at that time. When he was officially a jockey he started earning career victories that put him as one of the best jockeys in history.
He is the only Jockey so far with the highest earning of a Jockey that is worth $297,941,912. And regarding Breeders’ Cup, he is on the record with 2nd to the highest earnings worth $22,913,360 with 12 wins. That’s really a huge amount of wins for racing the best of the best horses in the Breeders Cup. This is definitely a true claim to how great of a jockey Pat Day was.
Before Day gave his full life in horse racing he had some trying times in his life and has quite the unique story. It started on early in his career when he involved himself to alcohol and drugs. But one thing that helped him to stand again and pursue a normal life when he converted to born-again Christian on 1980’s. After converting to this religion Day’s life was back to normal and he started to become active in horse racing with the Race Track Chaplaincy of America.
On year 1991, Pat Day was inducted to National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame and he even became a four-time winner in Eclipse Award for Outstanding Jockey. Another achievement that he got on that year was in the Breeder’s Cup event where he won the Canadian Triple Crown with Dance Smartly. Among all the jockeys, he was the only one with a record in the horse racing history that ridden the first 20 Breeders’ Cups with at least one mount each. And he was always the 2nd rank on every Breeder’s Cup winners.
The saddest part of Day’s life was when he had a hip surgery on 2005 that made him decide to leave his current career that time. Being involved for 21 years in horse racing, that moment was the first time that he wasn’t able to attend the Derby. But this incident was not literally the end of Day’s life. He announced his retirement on August 3, 2005 and his decision was to leave the horse racing career for a good reason as well. He decided to retire and then fully spend the rest of his life in doing the spiritual calling.Share on Facebook